Tape Hardware recommendations
Posted on 2006-04-26
I am looking to include tape into my backup solution. I currently have 5 machines:
Windows 2003 SBS (Primary Server)
Windows 2000 Server (kept around for a backup domain controller)
3 XP/Pro clients
All 5 machines have 2 disks: A C drive and a D drive for backups. The 2000 svr has a 250GB drive to backup the backups.
Full ASR backupsfor the machines, done monthly take up the following: 11GB, 11GB, 27GB, 2GB, 17GB
Daily User Data backups that include the system state take up the following: 1GB, 0.5GB, 4GB, 0.5GB, 3GB
I've set up bat files containing ntbackup and copy cmds that execute at night via the Scheduled Tasks function. I dont have any real complaints with ntbackup and wouldnt mind staying with it. I plan to use the tape to transfer the disk backup files out to tape, so it can be done during the day with the GUI interface without much problem. Backing up via ntbackup to disk has worked great over the years, but I want to get many more objects (tapes) containing data into rotations. I recently had 2 untimely failures of backup drives that almost made me loose everything.
My first question is: Which causes less headaches, SCSI or USB. I would like the flexability of USB but do not know it and do not want to sacrifice reliability.
My second question is: What tape drives in the (lets say approx) $1000 range would you recommend? I'm guessing somewhere around a 36/72 GB drive.
My third question is: Is tape really that bad? Doing the research and looking through the EE discussions, I dont have a real good feeling about tapes in the Windows environment. It seems like they give people nothing but fits. Is that the way you in your experience see tapes? I have used tapes on other (IBM mini) platforms where tapes were rock solid, (almost) never a problem.
I am open to other sugguestions (DVD, USB attached portable disks, etc) but would like to implement tape (the devil you know...).
Thanks in advance